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Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
956-761-1314
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Sea Ranch Restaurant has been serving South Padre Island visitors for over 35 years, and has established itself as the island’s premier dining destination. If you haven’t spent an evening at the Sea Ranch Restaurant, you haven’t truly experienced South Padre.Our menu is comprised of local seafood that is caught directly from the Gulf of Mexico, and it changes often based on what is in season. Every item is made with high-quality ingredients, from unbeatably fresh seafood to juicy steaks and hearty pastas. Start your meal off with our Ahi Tuna or Escargot appetizers, or try something a little spicier like our Stuffed Jalapeños. For your main course, pick from one of our countless seafood items including fresh fish, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, lobster and scallops. Our house specialty is the Red Snapper, which has become a customer favorite as well. If you aren’t in the mood for seafood, try one of our delicious grilled steak, chicken or pork dishes. We also have decadent pastas, from chicken or seafood Alfredo to Scott’s Shrimp Scampi served over angel hair pasta. No matter what you are in the mood for, we have a tasty, fresh option for you at Sea Ranch Restaurant.Seafood goes perfectly with wine, so we boast an extensive selection of wines. With over 122 choices ranging from $20 all the way to $500, we have the perfect choice to compliment your meal. If you have an event coming up, consider hosting it at the Sea Ranch. We can accommodate up to 77 people for anything from weddings and receptions to birthdays and meetings.

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Lancaster
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

The seafood was great as well as the atmosphere and service. My wife had the scallops and I had the combo platter of fish, shrimp and scallops. The food was fantastic and we will return for another meal on our next visit to South Padre Island.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed our atmosphere and service, Richard. Nice to know that the scallops hit the spot for you and your wife. Looking forward to your next visit with us. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

we ate her 2 times and both times the food was excellent. The service was also great. I had the seafood enchiladas and they were amazing. I never liked corn tortillas but these were not at all like those I have had before. and the sauce was so tasty. We were able to look out t an amazing sunset during... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you stopped by our place twice. Great to hear that our food and service hit the spot for you. Nothing like seafood enchiladas with a beautiful sunset. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Manhattan, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We flew to Brownsville the afternoon of New Year's Eve, and showed up at Sea Ranch for dinner on a whim (no reservation). No problem...we were seated immediately, though they were obviously busy. Got a table by a window with a nice view of the water. Our waiter was there almost before we could sit down, and was very attentive... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you decided to celebrate New Year's Eve with us, Rod. We're happy we were able to get you seated quickly, and it's nice to know that you enjoyed your visit. Hope you'll be back when you're in South Padre again. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Excellent seafood. Atmosphere and staff were fabulous. The seafood was great for the price. The shrimp cocktail was yummy. Sea ranch had a large variety of speciality drinks. If you are looking for a nice night out with a good dinner, this is the spot!

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit with us, Jill. Always great to have fresh seafood, and it's nice to know that you were a fan of the shrimp cocktail. Hope you'll be back to visit us soon. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Warren, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

By far our favorite restaurant stop on the island. The food was perfect, the service was perfect. A little pricey, upscale. We were on a New years vacation and attempted all week to try this venue out. It was always a long wait, so we passed. I am glad we did our last attempt, I would recommend to everyone. I... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you decided to visit us during your vacation. Always great to have out of town customers, and it's nice to know that we made a great impression on you. Hope you'll visit us again when you're back in South Padre. All the best, Bob Friedman, Owner More 

Boerne, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This restaurant is very nice, especially for a beach resort area. The food was great (try the shrimp basket!) and the service was perfect. A bit pricey but well worth it.

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad that you visited us when you were in South Padre. Nothing like having a great meal on the beachfront. Hope you'll be back when you're in the area. - Bob Friedman, Owner More 

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The service was slow. I was dressed with my husband and two children for New Years. I was called really inappropriate names and clapped when I was leaving because I told the manager how bad this restaurant was. I feel sorry for anyone who eats here. The manager Sean had the nerve to tell me I was yelling, and did... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Alissa, As you can see from prior comments we do make mistakes. I think it is critical that we fix any mistake while the customer is here so that they are satisfied with their experience. We want everyone to leave with a smile. All of that being said, we are not wrong on this one. When an entire dining room... More 

Dallas, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My girlfriend and I just left Sea Ranch less than an hour go on 12/30/2014. She ordered Grilled Shrimp. I ordered their special, which was baked flounder with 3 bacon wrapped shrimp. Both my girlfriends shrimp and my flounder were served luke warm and had to be sent back. When returned the shrimp was ok and the flounder was very... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that we dropped the ball during your visit, Steve. We understand how frustrating it is to get luke warm food, and it concerns me that you felt we dropped the ball on that front. Our team goes to great lengths to make sure we give our customers the best experience, and it sounds like you might've caught... More 

Boerne, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Went there for our anniversary dinner. Did not disappoint. Server was great! We ate in the bar and had king crab legs, Shrimp cocktail and a 2lb Lobster!!! Lots of food.... all really good!!! Excellent shrimp bisque

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Always a pleasure for us to celebrate special occasions with our customers, and we're glad you guys came to visit us for your anniversary. Our team loves serving up our fresh catch, and we're glad you guys were able to taste a variety of our seafood. We hope you'll be back next year to celebrate with us, and hopefully for... More 

Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

If you are looking for a more upscale, fancy type of restaurant you would like the setting. It is right on the Bay with great sunsets. You can get dressed up and have a nice evening out. The food while good was not Wow!! My husband had a stuffed whole flounder special. Was ok. I had a small filet with... More 

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Bob F, Owner at Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar, responded to this review

Glad you stopped by when you were in town. It's nice to know you appreciate our atmosphere and setting, but we believe we are much more than that. We understand how frustrating it can be when you feel like you don't get what you order, and I'm sorry if we let you down on that front. Hopefully you'll give us... More 

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Additional Information about Sea Ranch Restaurant-Bar

Address: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number: 956-761-1314
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  South Padre Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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